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Thursday 12 August, 2021

Arix Bioscience PLC

Interim Results for the Six Months Ended 30 June 2021

Arix Bioscience PLC (ARIX)
Interim Results for the Six Months Ended 30 June 2021

12-Aug-2021 / 07:00 GMT/BST
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Arix Bioscience plc

Interim Results for the Six Months Ended 30 June 2021

LONDON, 12 August 2021: Arix Bioscience plc ("Arix", LSE: ARIX) a global venture capital company focused on investing in and building breakthrough biotech companies, today announces its interim results for the period ended 30 June 2021.

Financial highlights

  • Net Asset Value of £281.2 million (December 2020: £328.2 million); 214p per share (December 2020: 242p); a 12% decrease in NAV per share for the first six months of 2021
  • Net downward portfolio revaluation of £32.5 million[1] in the period, predominantly due to volatility in the public portfolio
  • Gross Portfolio Value of £115.2 million (December 2020: £152.1 million), following significant realisations
  • Cash of £163.8 million (December 2020: £174.4 million); £27.6 million of capital deployed and £32.0 million of capital realised during the period
  • 24% IRR generated by the Gross Portfolio since inception in 2016

Operational and strategic progress

  • Launched buyback programme of up to £25 million; £8 million of shares purchased during the period
  • One new company added to the portfolio; Arix led the $152 million Series B financing for Pyxis Oncology, taking a 5.6% ownership stake
  • Closed down Quench Bio after reviewing initial pre-clinical work, demonstrating disciplined approach to capital deployment and risk management
  • Focus on improving corporate governance; CEO and Chairman roles split, with Peregrine Moncreiffe appointed as Chairman and Robert Lyne appointed as interim CEO and board director
  • Mark Chin, appointed as Managing Director, adding significant expertise in early to late-stage venture investing
  • Continued focus on building the investment team, adding new talent to deploy investment capital and manage the Company's existing portfolio

Portfolio highlights

Despite the challenges faced as a result of COVID-19, Arix portfolio companies continued to make strong clinical and operational progress during the period. Notably:

  • Amplyx Pharmaceuticals was acquired by Pfizer, following strong Phase 2 clinical data from its lead product candidate, Fosmanogepix in invasive fungal infections
  • Continued clinical progress in the portfolio with data readouts from Harpoon, Imara and Autolus and new trial initiations from LogicBio, Harpoon, Artios and Autolus
  • Artios entered into a strategic collaboration with Novartis ($20 million upfront payment) and LogicBio entered into a strategic collaboration with CANbridge Pharmaceuticals ($10 million upfront payment)
  • Arix portfolio companies have collectively raised over $690 million in 2021 putting them in a strong position to execute on their important clinical development programmes.
    • Autolus and Harpoon completed public offerings on Nasdaq during the period, raising approximately $130[2] million collectively
    • New portfolio company, Pyxis raised $152 million in a Series B financing during the period; Arix invested £10.8 million
    • Aura raised $80 million in a Series E financing during the period; Arix invested £1.3million
    • Artios raised $153m in a Series C financing post period end; Arix invested £6.3 million and continues to be the largest shareholder
    • Imara completed a $50 million public offering on Nasdaq post period end; Arix invested £5.8 million

 

Outlook - Key anticipated milestones

Data generated from our clinical pipeline will be a key driver of value and whilst clinical development is not without risk, and the recruitment of clinical trials globally has been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, we have a number of portfolio companies approaching key milestones. In particular, we note the following anticipated milestones across our portfolio in H2 2021:

  • Harpoon (8% of NAV) expects to report interim data from ongoing Phase 1/2 clinical trials in ovarian and pancreatic cancer (HPN536), multiple myeloma (HPN217) and small cell lung cancer (HPN328).
  • Artios (7% of NAV) expects to initiate a Phase 1 clinical study for its Pol-theta inhibitor (ART4215) for the treatment of PARP resistant cancers.
  • Aura (4% of NAV) expects to report interim data from the dose escalation cohorts of its Phase 2 clinical trial evaluating suprachoroidal administration of AU-011 in patients with choroidal melanoma and twelve months data from its Phase 1b/2 clinical trial evaluating intravitreal administration of AU-011 in patients with choroidal melanoma.
  • LogicBio (3% of NAV) expects to report interim data from its Phase 1/2 clinical study for LB-001 for the treatment of methylmalonic acidemia in paediatric patients.
  • Imara (2% of NAV) expects to announce interim results from its ongoing Phase 2b clinical studies for IMR-687 in sickle cell disease and beta-thalassemia.
  • Autolus (1% of NAV) expects to report Phase 1 data in B cell Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma and long term follow up Phase 1 data in adult acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) for AUTO1 (obe-cel). Autolus also expects to present Phase 1 data for AUTO1/22 in paediatric ALL and initiate Phase 1 clinical trials for its AUTO8 and allogeneic programmes.
  • STipe Therapeutics (1% of NAV) expects to nominate a clinical development candidate.
  • Atox Bio (1% of NAV) has been given a PDUFA date of 30 September 2021 by the FDA, which is the goal decision date on its new drug application for patients with necrotising soft tissue infection.

 

Robert Lyne, Interim CEO of Arix, commented: "I am pleased that during the period Arix portfolio companies made strong progress with clinical data updates, new trial initiations and successful financing rounds by both our public and private portfolio companies. Collectively our companies have raised over $690 million in 2021, from a broad base of investors. We continued to expand the portfolio with the addition of Pyxis Oncology, where we led the Series B financing round, while exiting Amplyx, which was acquired by Pfizer in April 2021.

"Whilst the volatility of public companies has impacted our financial performance during the period, our focus remains on the clinical progress of these businesses. This is what we believe will drive their value in the future. Importantly, these companies are well capitalised and therefore in a strong position to reach their important clinical milestones.

"It is truly an exciting time in biotech, and we continue to see a strong pipeline of new investment opportunities across a broad range of therapeutic areas. Our focus is on building the team to identify these opportunities and support our existing portfolio. We believe our strong capital base and numerous expected value inflection points have the potential to drive transformative growth in our NAV, for the benefit of shareholders."

All Financial Results materials are available on the Arix website.

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Enquiries

For more information on Arix, please contact:

Arix Bioscience plc

+44 (0)20 7290 1050

[email protected]

 

Optimum Strategic Communications

Mary Clark, Manel Mateus

+44 (0) 20 8078 4357

[email protected]

 

About Arix Bioscience plc

Arix Bioscience plc is a global venture capital company focused on investing in and building breakthrough biotech companies around cutting edge advances in life sciences.

We collaborate with exceptional entrepreneurs and provide the capital, expertise and global networks to help accelerate their ideas into important new treatments for patients. As a listed company, we are able to bring this exciting growth phase of our industry to a broader range of investors. www.arixbioscience.com

 

Chief Executive Statement

Overview

The first half of 2021 saw continued progress within our existing portfolio, with clinical data updates from Harpoon, Autolus and Imara and new trial initiations from LogicBio, Harpoon, Artios and Autolus. Collectively our companies have raised over $690 million in 2021, demonstrating their ability to attract capital from a broad base of investors and putting them in a strong position to execute their important clinical development programmes.

We continued to expand the portfolio, with the addition of Pyxis Oncology, where we led the Series B financing round as part of the reinvestment of the significant cash proceeds we generated in 2020. During the period, the portfolio continued to mature, reaching a number of key milestones and moving us closer to the 2023 targets we set out in 2020. Notably, we achieved our second strategic exit with the sale of Amplyx to Pfizer in April 2021. Whilst the transaction resulted in only a small increase on our previous holding value, we are pleased that Amplyx is now well supported to develop its pipeline of novel treatments with the potential for new drugs to be approved in the future.

Our focus remains on delivering significant returns to our shareholders through the growth of our Net Asset Value (NAV). Whilst this declined in the period, from £328 million or 242p per share at 31 December 2020 to £281 million or 214p per share at 30 June 2021, the decline was primarily driven by the combined impact of our share buyback programme and volatility in our public holdings. During the period, Gross Portfolio Value declined by £32.5 million (including £2.6 million FX loss), of which £26.2 million was due to unrealised movements in public portfolio companies.  Of these positions, Imara recorded the largest decline reducing by £12 million during the period, with LogicBio and Autolus also recording material declines in their holding values of £7 million and £5 million respectively. We continue to actively manage our listed holdings and reduce our positions where appropriate, whilst retaining, and in certain cases, building our positions, where we have conviction that we will see greater value in the future. Outside of the public portfolio, we took the decision to close down Quench Bio resulting in a write down of £7.5 million. This followed a review of initial preclinical work and is consistent with our disciplined approach to capital deployment and portfolio management. Despite these adjustments in our holding values during the period, we retain confidence in the portfolio and its ability to generate positive clinical progress which will translate into future growth in NAV.

As part of our commitment to ensure that shareholders benefit from the growth in our NAV and the substantial cash which the business generated in 2020, we initiated a share buyback programme in March of this year. By 30 June 2021, we had deployed £8 million of the £25 million programme, purchasing 4,329,853 shares at a discount to NAV, thereby increasing the NAV per share by 7p.

The first half of 2021 saw a period of shareholder engagement which resulted in significant changes to the composition of the Board. Naseem Amin, previously Executive Chairman, left the company and we welcomed the appointment of Peregrine Moncreiffe as an independent non-executive Chairman. I was also appointed to the Board at this time, alongside Maureen O'Connell and Isaac Kohlberg, with Trevor Jones stepping down at this year's Annual General Meeting.

The newly reconstituted Board has worked quickly to review the composition of the investment team, following departures at the start of the year. This resulted in a number of changes being announced in June, including the return of Mark Chin as Managing Director. Mark led some of Arix's most successful investments to date and I am delighted that he has re-joined the team. With the support of the Board, Mark will be leading the investment team in managing and building our portfolio going forward.

Portfolio Performance

Despite the challenges faced with COVID-19, our companies have made strong clinical and operational progress during the first half of 2021, which is a testament to the strength of these businesses.

Clinical Companies

Harpoon Therapeutics (8% of NAV, 6.7% ownership stake)

Harpoon (Nasdaq: HARP) is a clinical-stage immunotherapy company developing a novel class of T cell engagers that harness the power of the body's immune system to treat patients suffering from cancer and other diseases.

In January 2021, Harpoon announced that its fourth T cell engager, HPN328, had entered a Phase 1/2 clinical trial as an investigational treatment of small cell lung cancer and other tumours associated with delta like ligand 3 (DLL3) expression. Additionally, Harpoon received Orphan Drug designation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for HPN217 for the treatment of multiple myeloma and successfully completely a public offering, raising approximately $115 million in gross proceeds.

In June 2021, Harpoon presented interim data from the ongoing dose-escalation portion of a Phase 1/2a trial for its lead programme, HPN424, in patients with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer. Interim data shows early clinical activity, with a manageable safety profile. Harpoon provided a further pipeline update on its four clinical stage programmes, noting that all four clinical programmes demonstrate half-life extension, target engagement and T cell activation. The company also notes that three TriTAC clinical programmes (HPN424, HPN536 and HPN328) have shown tumour size reductions or stable disease, and meaningful treatment duration. The company expects to announce further clinical data from these programmes in the second half of 2021. 

Artios Pharma (7 % of NAV, 8.8% ownership stake)

Artios Pharma (Artios) is a leading independent DNA Damage Response company with a strong pipeline of novel cancer therapies in development with first-in-class potential.

During the period, Artios continued to advance its world-leading DDR programmes, announcing the start of its first clinical trial of its small-molecule ATR inhibitor, ART0380, in patients with advanced or metastatic solid tumours. In April 2021, Artios entered into a collaboration with Novartis to identify DDR targets to use with Novartis' proprietary radioligand therapies with Artios receiving a $20 million up-front payment in addition to near term research funding to support the collaboration. Artios is eligible to receive up to $1.3 billion in discovery, development, regulatory and sales-based milestones in addition to royalty payments. This partnership follows Artios' strategic collaboration with Merck ($30 million upfront, up to $860 million each in milestones for up to eight targets) announced in December 2020.

Post period end, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the company's Investigational New Drug (IND) application for its Pol theta inhibitor, ART4215, enabling a Phase 1 clinical trial to be initiated in H2 2021. Additionally, Artios completed an oversubscribed Series C financing of $153 million, following strong interest from leading global healthcare investors. Arix invested $8.7 million (£6.3 million) in the financing to retain its position as the largest shareholder in Artios, with an 8.8% ownership stake on a fully diluted basis. Our continued investment in Artios reflects the strength of both the management team and the company's unique platform of novel DDR therapies, which have the potential to make a real impact to cancer patients.

Aura Biosciences (4% of NAV, 5.6% ownership stake)

Aura Biosciences (Aura) is a clinical-stage biotechnology company leveraging a novel targeted oncology platform to develop a new standard of care across multiple cancer indications. Aura's proprietary platform enables targeting a broad range of solid tumours using Virus-Like Particles, or VLPs, that can be conjugated with drugs or loaded with nucleic acids to create Virus-Like Drug Conjugates, or VDCs. Aura's VDCs are largely agnostic to tumour type and can recognise a surface marker broadly expressed on many tumours. Aura is focusing its initial development of VDCs to treat tumours of high unmet need in ocular and urologic oncology. AU-011, Aura's first VDC candidate, is being developed for the first line treatment of primary choroidal melanoma, a rare disease with no drugs approved. Aura has completed a Phase 1b/2 trial using intravitreal administration that has demonstrated a statistically significant growth rate reduction in patients with prior active growth and high levels of tumour control with visual acuity preservation in a majority of patients using clinical endpoints agreed with FDA. This data supported advancement into a Phase 2 dose escalation study, where Aura is currently evaluating suprachoroidal, or SC, administration of AU-011.  Aura plans to present initial data from this study at the end of 2021.In March 2021, Aura completed an oversubscribed Series E financing, following strong interest from leading global investors. Arix invested a further £1.8 million in the financing to retain a 5.6% ownership stake in Aura. At 30 June, Arix's stake was valued at £11.7m, reflecting a valuation increase of £1.2m in the period. Following the financing, Arix no longer retains a seat on Aura's Board.

Additionally, David Johnson, CEO of former Arix portfolio company VelosBio (acquired by Merck for $2.75bn), was appointed as Chairman during the period.

LogicBio Therapeutics (3% of NAV, 9.3% ownership stake)

LogicBio (Nasdaq: LOGC) is a clinical-stage genetic medicine company pioneering gene editing and gene delivery platforms to address rare and serious diseases from infancy through to adulthood.

During the period, LogicBio announced that the first patient has been dosed with LB-001, the company's investigational single-administration gene editing therapy based on its proprietary GeneRide platform, in the SUNRISE Phase 1/2 clinical trial in paediatric patients with methylmalonic acidemia. LogicBio remains on track to announce an update on enrollment, dose escalation and age de-escalation in late 2021 and interim data by year-end 2021.

Additionally, the company announced that it has entered into a strategic collaboration with CANbridge Pharmaceuticals and a research partnership with Daiichi Sankyo. Under the terms of the agreement with CANbridge Pharmaceuticals, LogicBio is eligible to receive an upfront payment of $10 million in addition to up to $591 million in option payments and milestones payments, as well as up to double-digit royalties on net sales.

Imara (2% of NAV, 5.7% ownership stake)

Imara (Nasdaq: IMRA) is developing IMR-687 for the treatment of sickle cell disease (SCD) and beta-thalassemia.

During the period, Imara presented data from the Phase 2a clinical trial and its open label extension trial of IMR-687 in adults with SCD. Data indicate that that IMR-687 has a well-tolerated safety profile as a monotherapy and in combination with hydroxyurea in both studies, with a lower annualised rate of vaso-occlusive crises. The company expects to announce interim results from its ongoing Phase 2b clinical trials in SCD and beta-thalassemia in H2 2021. Imara also recently completed preclinical research of IMR-687 in heart failure with preserved ejection fraction, or HFpEF, and is formulating a clinical development plan for IMR-687 in this indication.

Post period end, Imara completed a public offering raising $50 million in gross proceeds. Arix invested a further $8.0 million (£5.8 million) in the offering to increase our holding to a stake of 9.0% in Imara. Mark Chin, Managing Director, continues his role as Board Director at Imara following the financing.

Autolus Therapeutics (1% of NAV, 0.8% ownership stake)

Autolus (Nasdaq: AUTL) is developing next generation programmed T cell therapies for the treatment of cancer.

During the period, Autolus took the decision to prioritise the development of its AUTO1 programme for adult acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) based on the positive data that the programme has generated to date and the high unmet need in this indication. The pivotal study for AUTO1 (obe-cel) is under way and the company expects to announce data in 2022 and is targeting BLA filing for 2023. With the prioritisation of the AUTO1 programme, the company plans to seek a partner for the AUTO3 programme, being investigated in diffuse large B cell lymphoma (DLBCL), before progressing the programme into the next phase of development.

Autolus is also exploring clinical activity of AUTO1 in additional B cell malignancies and announced early data in indolent B cell Non-Hodgkin lymphoma (B-NHL) in June 2021. Data presented indicate a high level of clinical activity combined with a manageable safety profile, which Autolus believe could represent a significant opportunity to expand the benefits of AUTO1 to a broader population of patients with B cell malignancies.

During the period, the company also initiated a Phase 1 clinical trial for AUTO1 in primary CNS lymphoma (PCNSL).  Autolus expects to provide data updates for AUTO1 in B-NHL and adult ALL and AUTO1/22 in paediatric ALL by the end of 2021. Over the next 12 months, the company expects to transition additional next generation programmes into the clinic.

The company raised net cash of approximately $136 million in the period and reduced headcount by 20% for expected savings of $15 million per year.

Post period end, Autolus signed an option and license agreement with Moderna granting Moderna an exclusive license to develop and commercialise mRNA therapeutics incorporating Autolus' proprietary binders for up to four immuno-oncology targets. Autolus will be eligible to receive an upfront payment for each target licensed by Moderna. Autolus is also eligible to receive development and commercial milestone payments in addition to royalty payments for  products commercialised under the agreement.

Atox Bio (1% of NAV, 6.4% ownership stake)

Atox Bio is a late stage clinical company that develops immunotherapies for critically ill patients. Atox Bio's drug reltecimod is being developed to treat patients with Necrotizing Soft Tissue Infections (NSTI), a rare, life-threatening disease that involves significant necrosis and tissue destruction coupled with systemic organ failure.

Following the filing of its new drug application with the FDA in December 2020, we have continued to work with the management of Atox Bio to maximise the chances of approval for reltecimod in patients with NSTI. A decision is expected by the FDA's PDFUA date of 30 September, which is the regulator's goal decision date. However, in recognition of the challenge and likelihood of gaining such approval, we have reduced our holding value by £4.1 million to £1.8 million.

Preclinical companies

Pyxis Oncology (4% of NAV, 5.6% ownership stake)

Pyxis Oncology (Pyxis) is a new Arix portfolio company, which is developing a diversified portfolio of next-generation therapeutics to target difficult-to-treat cancers and improve the quality of patients' lives.

During the period, Arix led Pyxis' Series B financing, in which the company raised $152 million. Pyxis plans to use the proceeds from the financing to advance its diversified portfolio of antibody-drug conjugates (ADCs), an established and fast growing class of therapies that deliver highly potent targeted treatments directly to cancer cells. Pyxis also plans to continue advancing its immuno-oncology discovery programmes and associated pipeline for solid tumour indications. The company expects to initiate clinical trials for its ADC pipeline in 2022.

ADCs and immuno-oncology represent two of the most promising strategies for treating cancer and we look forward to supporting this world class management team as they build on their record of success, building biotech companies and developing innovative medicines.

Drug Discovery and research stage companies (5% of NAV)

These companies are start-ups in the initial stages of research and development. As such they are higher risk but have the potential to deliver significant value as they progress towards clinical development.

Twelve Bio (1% of NAV, 49% ownership stake)

During the period we announced our holding in Twelve Bio, a gene editing company that we provided seed financing to in September 2020. The seed financing has supported the initiation of research operations at the BioInnovation Institute in Copenhagen, expansion of the scientific and management team, and the ongoing generation and characterization of Cas12a variants with optimized characteristics and activity for therapeutic gene editing purposes compared to wild type Cas12a enzymes. Twelve Bio anticipates full characterisation of initial variants to be complete and selection of initial therapeutic indications by the first quarter of 2022.

Depixus (3% of NAV, 21.4% ownership stake)

Depixus has made good progress this year, with the first close of a Series A financing round that was supported by new and existing shareholders. Arix invested £2.4 million in the financing to retain a 21.4% ownership stake in Depixus. Arix's stake in the company was valued at £8.0 million on 30 June 2021, reflecting a valuation increase of £1.6 million in the period. Depixus expects to complete the Series A financing in H2 2021. Proceeds from the Series A will be used to further advance the company's MAGNATM technology, which is being developed to decode valuable new layers of genetic information from DNA, RNA, and protein.

STipe Therapeutics (1% of NAV, 17.8% ownership stake)

STipe Therapeutics (STipe) is developing first-in-class drugs that sensitize the STING- pathway, a major driver of innate immunity, to enable a patient's immune system to overcome the immune suppression often observed within solid tumours. STipe continues to identify and validate compounds that sensitise the STING pathway and to establish the resources required to prepare these for development in clinical trials. We expect the company to nominate a clinical development candidate by the end of 2021.

Healthcare Investments

In addition to our venture portfolio, we took advantage of our ability to invest into promising public life science companies where we see potential for superior returns.

GenSight (5% of NAV, 4.4% ownership stake)

GenSight (Euronext: SIGHT) is a gene therapy company seeking to apply pathbreaking science to help patients with severe inherited diseases of the eye and central nervous system.

During the period we invested a further £7.4m in GenSight when the company successfully raised €30 million in an oversubscribed private placement with European and US institutional investors in March. GenSight continued to advance clinical development of its assets. In May, the company reported  a first case report of partial recovery of visual function in a blind patient with late stage retinitis pigmentosa (RP) in the first treated subject in the PIONEER Phase I/II clinical trial of GS030.

Additionally, GenSight reported topline results from the REFLECT Phase 3 study in the period. These results demonstrated better efficacy for bilaterally treated subjects and contralateral effects were confirmed, as previously announced in the REVERSE and RESCUE Phase 3 trials. The company expects further data from the REFLECT trial to become available later this year and has initiated discussions with both the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and FDA.

Outlook

Looking ahead, our focus remains on increasing our NAV and driving returns for our shareholders. We are confident that we are on track to reach our 2023 targets, with a number of our portfolio companies expected to reach important clinical and financial milestones over the next two years.  Our portfolio companies are collectively running 17 clinical trials and we expect a number of data readouts from these trials in the second half of 2021. During this period, we anticipate Phase 1 clinical data readouts from Harpoon, Autolus and LogicBio and Phase 2 data from Imara and Aura. In addition to these clinical milestones, there is potential for M&A, strategic partnerships and other financing events across the portfolio which could significantly increase the value of our companies, and in turn our NAV.

In addition to managing our existing holdings, we remain committed to renewing the portfolio and deploying the substantial cash we have generated. We retain our unconstrained approach to investing, allowing us to support only the most promising of companies, regardless of their geography or therapeutic area. By conducting thorough due diligence on each opportunity and leveraging the substantial expertise within Arix and our network of industry contacts, we look to de-risk our investments where possible, whilst retaining the potential for substantial upside.

The Board and I are grateful for our shareholders' continued support and we remain committed to deliver for all of our shareholders in the remainder of 2021 and beyond.

Robert Lyne

Interim Chief Executive Officer

 

Condensed Consolidated Interim Statement of Comprehensive Income

 

 

Note

 

Half Year to 30 June 2021

(unaudited)
£'000

 

Half Year to 30 June 2020

(unaudited)
£'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

Change in fair value of investments

9

 

(32,460)

 

42,624

Revenue

7

 

183

 

192

Finance income

 

 

104

 

87

Administrative expenses

 

 

(2,495)

 

(3,830)

Foreign exchange (losses)/gains

 

 

(3,046)

 

9,306

Exceptional costs

  8

 

(1,032)

 

-

Share-based payment credit

12

 

317

 

585

Impairment of Assets

 

 

(31)

 

-

(Loss) / profit before taxation

 

 

(38,460)

 

48,964

 

 

 

 

 

 

Taxation

10

 

-

 

-

(Loss) / profit for the period

 

 

(38,460)

 

48,964

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other Comprehensive Income

 

 

 

 

 

Exchange differences on translating foreign operations

 

 

(107)

 

536

Total comprehensive (loss) / income for the period

 

 

(38,567)

 

49,500

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attributable to

 

 

 

 

 

Owners of Arix Bioscience plc

 

 

(38,567)

 

49,500

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earnings per share

 

 

 

 

 

Basic earnings per share (£)

6

 

(0.30)

 

0.38

Diluted earnings per share (£)

6

 

(0.30)

 

0.35

 

The above condensed consolidated interim statement of comprehensive income should be read in conjunction with the accompanying notes, on pages 11 to 18.

 

 

Condensed Consolidated Interim Statement of Financial Position

 

Note

 

30 June 2021

(unaudited)
£'000

 

31 December 2020

(audited)
£'000

ASSETS

 

 

 

 

 

Non-Current Assets

 

 

 

 

 

Investments held at fair value

9

 

117,527

 

154,416

Intangible assets

 

 

240

 

312

Property, plant and equipment

 

 

100

 

49

Right of use asset

 

 

148

 

90

Investment property

 

 

-

 

106

 

 

 

118,015

 

154,973

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current Assets

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

 

109,582

 

112,085

Cash and long-term deposit

 

 

54,211

 

62,276

Other assets

 

 

1,714

 

1,378

 

 

 

165,507

 

175,739

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL ASSETS

 

 

283,522

 

330,712

 

 

 

 

 

 

LIABILITIES

 

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

Trade and other payables

 

 

(2,188)

 

(2,235)

 

 

 

(2,188)

 

(2,235)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Non-Current liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

Lease liability

 

 

(148)

 

(268)

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL LIABILITIES

 

 

(2,336)

 

(2,503)

 

 

 

 

 

 

NET ASSETS

 

 

281,186

 

328,209

 

 

 

 

 

 

EQUITY

 

 

 

 

 

Share capital and share premium

11

 

188,585

 

188,585

Retained earnings

 

 

103,267

 

142,044

Other reserves

 

 

(10,666)

 

(2,420)

 

 

 

281,186

 

328,209

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL EQUITY

 

 

281,186

 

328,209

The above Condensed Consolidated Interim Statement of Financial Position should be read in conjunction with the accompanying notes, on pages 11 to 18.

Condensed Consolidated Interim Statement of Changes in Equity

For the six months ended 30 June 2021

 

 

Share Capital and Premium
£'000

Other Equity
£'000

Other Reserves

£'000

Retained Earnings
£'000

Total
£'000

As at 1 January 2021

188,585

(1,240)

(1,180)

142,044

328,209

(Loss) for the period

-

-

-

(38,460)

(38,460)

Other comprehensive income

-

-

(107)

-

(107)

Share-based payment credit

-

-

-

(317)

(317)

Issue of own shares to Employee Benefit trust

-

-

-

-

-

Share buy back programme

-

(8,139)

-

-

(8,139)

As at 30 June 2021 (unaudited)

188,585

(9,379)

(1,287)

103,267

281,186

 

 

 

Share Capital and Premium
£'000

Other Equity
£'000

Other Reserves

£'000

Retained Earnings
£'000

Total
£'000

As at 1 January 2020

188,585

(1,754)

(441)

15,718

202,108

Profit for the period

-

-

-

48,964

48,964

Other comprehensive income

-

-

1,774

(1,238)

536

Share-based payment credit

-

-

-

(585)

(585)

Issue of own shares to Employee Benefit trust

-

307

(307)

-

-

As at 30 June 2020 (unaudited)

188,585

(1,447)

1,026

62,859

251,023

The above Condensed Consolidated Interim Statement of Changes in Equity should be read in conjunction with the accompanying notes, on pages 11 to 18.

Condensed Consolidated Interim Statement of Cash Flows

For the six months ended 30 June 2021

 

 

 

 

Half Year to 30 June 2021

(unaudited)
£'000

 

Half Year to 30 June 2020

(unaudited)
£'000

Cash from operating activities

13

 

(3,609)

 

(4,566)

Tax paid

 

 

-

 

-

Finance income received

 

 

104

 

87

Net cash from operating activities

 

 

(3,505)

 

(4,479)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from investing activities

 

 

 

 

 

Purchase of equity and loan investments

 

 

(27,579)

 

(15,909)

Disposal of equity and loan investments

 

 

32,008

 

9,068

Purchase of property, plant and equipment

 

 

(98)

 

(5)

Net cash received from long-term deposit

 

 

8,064

 

-

Net cash from investing activities

 

 

12,395

 

(6,846)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from financing activities

 

 

 

 

 

Share buyback programme

 

 

(8,139)

 

-

Net cash from financing activities

 

 

(8,139)

 

-

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net increase / (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

 

 

751

 

(11,325)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents at start of period

 

 

112,085

 

54,638

Effect of exchange rate changes

 

 

(3,254)

 

682

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

 

 

109,582

 

43,995

The above Condensed Consolidated Interim Statement of Cash Flows should be read in conjunction with the accompanying notes, on pages 11 to 18.

Notes to the Financial Statements

  1. General information

The principal activity of Arix Bioscience plc (the "Company") and together with its subsidiaries (the "Arix Group" or "the Group") is to invest in and build breakthrough biotech companies around cutting edge advances in life sciences.

The Company is incorporated and domiciled in the United Kingdom. The Company was incorporated on 15 September 2015 as Perceptive Bioscience Investments Limited and changed its name to Arix Bioscience Limited. It subsequently re-registered as a public limited company and changed its name to Arix Bioscience plc. The registered office address is Duke Street House, 50 Duke Street, London W1K 6JL. The registered number is 09777975.

These condensed consolidated interim financial statements were approved for issue on 11 August 2021.

These condensed consolidated interim financial statements do not comprise statutory accounts within the meaning of section 434 of the Companies Act 2006.  Statutory accounts for the year ended 31 December 2020 were approved by the board of directors on 8 March 2021 and delivered to the Registrar of Companies.  The report of the auditors on those accounts was unqualified, did not contain an emphasis of matter paragraph and did not contain any statement under section 498 of the Companies Act 2006.

These condensed consolidated interim financial statements have been reviewed, not audited.

  1. Basis of Preparation

These condensed interim financial statements for the six months ended 30 June 2021 have been prepared on a going concern basis, in accordance with the Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules of the Financial Conduct Authority and with UK Adopted International Accounting Standard ('IAS') 34, 'Interim financial reporting', as adopted by the European Union.  The going concern assessment covers a period of at least 12 months from the approval of these interim financial statements and includes the Group's current performance, financial position and the principal and emerging risks facing the Group, including the ongoing impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on portfolio companies and wider macroeconomic conditions.

The condensed consolidated interim financial statements should be read in conjunction with the annual financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2020, which have been prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards adopted pursuant to Regulation (EC) No 1606/2002 as it applies in the European Union. The accounting policies adopted in the interim financial statements are consistent with those followed in the annual financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2020.

Taxes on income in the interim periods are accrued using the tax rate that would be applicable to the expected total annual profit or loss.

  1. Estimates

The preparation of interim financial statements requires management to make judgements, estimates and assumptions that affect the application of accounting policies and the reported amounts of assets and liabilities, income and expense. Actual results may differ from these estimates.

In preparing these condensed consolidated interim financial statements, the significant judgements and estimates made by management in applying the Group's accounting policies and the key sources of estimation uncertainty were the same as those that are set on page 91 of the consolidated financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2020 and no retrospective adjustments were made.

  1. Segmental Information

Information for the purposes of resource allocation and assessment of performance is reported to the Arix Group's Interim Chief Executive, who is considered to be the chief operating decision maker, based wholly on the overall activities of the Arix Group.  It has therefore been determined that the Arix Group has only one reportable segment under IFRS 8 ('Operating Segments'), which is that of sourcing, financing and developing healthcare and life science businesses globally.  The Arix Group's revenue, results and assets for this one reportable segment can be determined by reference to the Condensed Consolidated Interim Statement of Comprehensive Income and Condensed Consolidated Interim Statement of Financial Position.

  1. Financial Risk Management and Financial Instruments

The Arix Group's activities expose it to a variety of financial risks: market risk (including currency risk, fair value interest rate risk, and cash flow interest rate risk), credit risk and liquidity risk.

The condensed consolidated interim financial statements do not include all financial risk management information and disclosures required in the annual financial statements; they should be read in conjunction with the Group's annual financial statements as at 31 December 2020.  There have been no changes in the risk management department or in any risk management policies since the year end.

  1. Earnings per Share

Basic earnings per share is calculated by dividing the profit/(loss) attributable to equity holders of Arix Bioscience plc by the weighted average number of unrestricted shares.

Potentially dilutive ordinary shares include options and conditional share awards issued under the Company's long-term incentive plans.  As the Arix Group has incurred a loss in the period, the diluted loss per share is the same as the basic earnings per share as the loss has an anti-dilutive effect and the inclusion of the shares would be to decrease the loss per share.

 

 

2021
£'000

 

2020
£'000

(Loss)/profit attributable to equity holders of Arix Bioscience plc

 

(38,567)

 

49,500

Weighted average number of shares in issue

 

129,067,511

 

130,471,267

Fully diluted weighted average number of shares

 

139,931,167

 

142,931,280

Basic (loss)/earnings per share

 

(£0.30)

 

£0.38

Diluted (loss)/earnings per share

 

(£0.30)

 

£0.35

 

  1. Revenue

The total revenue for Arix Group has been derived from its principal activity of investing in and building breakthrough biotech companies around cutting edge advances in life sciences. All of this revenue relates to trading undertaken in the United Kingdom.

 

 

2021
£'000

 

2020
£'000

Fund management fee income

 

171

 

182

Other income

 

12

 

10

 

 

183

 

192

 

  1. Exceptional Costs

Items that are material size and unusual in nature are included in administrative expenses and disclosed separately to provide a more accurate indication of underlying performance. £1.0m of costs incurred during the shareholder engagement period are included as exceptional costs (June 20: £nil). The shareholder engagement period has now completed and as a result the board composition has changed.

  1. Investments

 

 

 

 

Level 1- Quoted Investments
£'000

 

Level 3 - Unquoted Investments
£'000

 

Total
£'000

At 31 December 2020

 

 

95,712

 

58,704

 

154,416

Additions

 

 

9,481

 

18,097

 

27,579

Disposals

 

 

(24,265)

 

(7,743)

 

(32,008)

Realised and unrealised gain on investments

 

 

(23,327)

 

(6,566)

 

(29,893)

Foreign exchange gains

 

 

(1,714)

 

(853)

 

(2,567)

At 30 June 2021

 

 

55,887

 

61,641

 

117,527

Transfers from Level 3 to Level 1 reflects companies which have listed during the period.  Level 3 investments are valued with reference to milestone analysis (£60.6m) and net asset value (£1.0m).

 

 

 

Level 1- Quoted Investments
£'000

 

Level 3 - Unquoted Investments
£'000

 

Total
£'000

At 31 December 2019

 

 

87,844

 

64,077

 

151,921

Additions

 

 

3,486

 

8,115

 

11,601

Disposals

 

 

(9,068)

 

-

 

(9,068)

Transfers

 

 

11,707

 

(11,707)

 

-

Realised and unrealised gain on investments

 

 

29,667

 

12,957

 

42,624

Foreign exchange gains

 

 

5,550

 

3,529

 

9,079

At 30 June 2020

 

 

129,186

 

76,971

 

206,157

 

The Group's valuation policy can be found in page 93 of Group's annual report for the year ended 31 December 2020. The Group's milestone valuation approach cannot be readily sensitised and therefore the Group have not disclosed sensitivity analysis for Level 3 inputs. A 10% movement in the share price of Level 1 inputs would result in a £5.6m movement in investment portfolio value (December 2020: £9.5m).

As permitted by IAS 28 'Investment in Associates' and in accordance with the Arix Group accounting policy, investments are held at fair value even though the Arix Group may have significant influence over the companies.  Significant influence is determined to exist when the Group holds more than 20% of the holding or when less than 20% is held but in combination with a certain level of board representation is deemed to be able to exert significant influence.  As at 30 June 2021, the Arix Group is deemed to have significant influence over the following entities:

Company

Country

Registered Address

Issued Share Capital Held

Net Assets / (Liabilities)

Profit / (Loss)

Date of Financial Information

Depixus SAS (EUR)

France

3-5 Impasse Reille, 75014 Paris

21.4%

€2,431k

€(1,486)k

31 Dec 2018

Quench Bio, Inc.

USA

400 Technology Sq, Cambridge, MA

25.0%

N/A

N/A

Not publicly available

Stipe Therapeutics Aps

Denmark

Lyngsievvej 18, 8230 Abyhoj

17.8%

N/A

N/A

Not publicly available

As at 30 June  2021, the below subsidiary was measured at Fair Value through profit and loss in line with investment entity provisions as per IFRS 10:

Company

Country

Registered Address

Issued Share Capital Held

Net Assets / (Liabilities)

Profit / (Loss)

Date of Financial Information

Twelve Bio Aps

Denmark

Ole Maaloes Vej 3, 2200 Copenhagen, Denmark

49.0%

N/A

N/A

Not publicly available

The Group considers the above entity to be under its control as at 30 June 2021 as employees of the Group hold two of Twelve Bio's four director seats, including the position of chairman, who has the deciding vote in any tied board vote. The Group has the right to variable returns from its investment and had the power to affect these returns through its position on the board.

 

 

31 December 2020 Value
£m

Investment in Period
£m

Realisations in Period
£m

Change in Valuation
£m

FX Movement

£m

30 June 2021 Value
£m

Equity Interest
%

Funding Committed, Not Yet Invested
£m

Equity Interest When Fully Committed
%

Amplyx

4.7

-

(5.2)

1.8

(0.1)

1.2

-

-

-

Artios

19.0

-

-

-

-

19.0

12.4%

-

12.4%

Atox Bio

5.9

-

-

(4.1)

-

1.8

6.4%

-

6.4%

Aura

8.8

1.8

-

1.2

(0.1)

11.7

5.6%

-

5.6%

Autolus

21.9

-

(14.0)

(4.9)

(0.4)

2.6

0.8%

-

0.8%

Depixus

4.2

2.4

-

1.6

(0.2)

8.0

21.4%

-

21.4%

GenSight

7.1

7.4

(1.9)

1.7

(0.5)

13.8

4.4%

-

4.4%

Harpoon

26.9

1.1

(1.7)

(3.9)

(0.4)

22.0

 6.7%

-

6.7%

Imara

22.2

-

(4.0)

(12.3)

(0.1)

5.8

5.7%

-

5.7%

LogicBio

16.1

0.5

-

(6.8)

(0.3)

9.5

9.3%

-

9.3%

Pyxis Oncology

-

10.8

-

-

-

10.8

5.6%

-

5.6%

Quench Bio

8.0

-

-

(7.5)

(0.2)

0.3

25.0%

-

25.0%

STipe Therapeutics

2.0

1.0

-

-

(0.1)

2.9

17.8%

2.0

20.0%

Twelve Bio

1.4

2.1

-

-

(0.1)

3.4

49.0%

-

49.0%

VelosBio

2.2

-

(2.5)

0.3

-

-

-

-

-

Legacy Assets

1.7

0.5

(2.7)

3.0

(0.1)

2.4

N/A

-

N/A

GROSS PORTFOLIO VALUE

152.1

27.6

(32.0)

(29.9)

(2.6)

115.2

-

2.0

-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other Investments

2.3

-

-

-

-

2.3

N/A

-

N/A

TOTAL INVESTMENTS

154.4

27.6

(32.0)

(29.9)

(2.6)

117.5

- 

2.0

- 

Equity interest presented is the fully diluted percentage for private companies; for public companies, this is based on shares outstanding per each company's most recent public filing

  1. Taxation

 

 

Half Year to 30 June 2021

(unaudited)
£'000

 

Half Year to 30 June 2020

(unaudited)
£'000

Current period tax charge

 

 

 

 

Current Tax

 

-

 

-

Deferred tax - current year

 

-

 

-

Deferred tax - effects of change in tax rate

 

-

 

-

Adjustment in respect of previous periods

 

-

 

-

Total tax charge

 

-

 

-

 

 

 

 

 

Reconciliation of tax charge

 

 

 

 

(Loss) /profit before tax

 

(38,459)

 

48,964

 

 

 

 

 

Expected tax based on 19.00%

 

(7,307)

 

9,303

 

 

 

 

 

Effects of:

 

 

 

 

Adjustments in respect of prior years

 

-

 

-

Expenses not deductible for tax purposes

 

6,494

 

16

Income not taxable

 

270

 

(111)

Investment revaluation

 

(340)

 

(5,165)

Losses

 

(1,120)

 

(2,137)

Employee share options

 

517

 

104

Deferred tax not recognised

 

1,486

 

(2,010)

Total tax charge/(credit)

 

-

 

-

 

 

 

 

 

Unrecognised deferred tax (assets)/liabilities

 

 

 

 

Unutilised tax losses

 

(10,560)

 

-

Priority profit share outstanding

 

(2,945)

 

-

Other timing differences

 

(607)

 

-

Carried forward

 

(14,112)

 

-

 
  1. Share Capital

 

 

As at 30 June 2021

 

As at 31
Dec 2020

Allotted and called up

 

 

 

 

Ordinary shares of £0.00001 each (#)

 

131,279,800

 

135,609,653

Ordinary shares of £0.00001 each (£'000)

 

1

 

1

49,671 Series C shares of £1 each (£'000)

 

50

 

50

During the period, the Group purchased 4,329,853 ordinary Shares on-market, these shares are now held as treasury shares. The buyback programme commenced on 22 March 2021, following approval by the Arix board of directors, under authority granted by shareholders at the Company's Annual General Meeting on 4 June 2020. The shares were acquired at an average cost of £1.86, with prices ranging from £1.74 to £1.95. The total cost of £8,139,203, including £56,647 of directly attributable transaction costs, has been deducted from ordinary shareholder equity.

 
  1. Share Options

Executive Share Option Plan

On 8 February 2016, options were granted pursuant to the Executive Share Option Plan to two directors at an exercise price of £1.80 per ordinary share. The number of ordinary shares subject to the options are the requisite number of ordinary shares as represents 5.43% of the fully diluted ordinary share capital of the Company immediately following the end of the Company's stabilisation period following admission to the London Stock Exchange.  Restricted shares with similar terms were awarded to the founders of the Company constituting 5.00% of the issued share capital of the Company after admission.  As such, the number of options granted for both management and founders was confirmed on 20 March 2017.  All conditions are unchanged from those disclosed in the 31 December 2020 financial statements.

Executive Incentive Plan

On 22 February 2017, nil cost options were granted pursuant to the Executive Incentive Plan to certain directors and members of staff.  The options vested on 22 February 2019 and may be exercised from this date until 21 February 2027.  The options are contingent on remaining in employment with a company in the Arix Group and are subject to malus and clawback provisions.

On 17 May 2018, options were granted pursuant to the Executive Incentive Plan to certain directors and members of staff, with a vesting date of 17 May 2021, subject to performance conditions.  These performance conditions were not met and as such the options have lapsed.

On 9 May 2019, options were granted pursuant to the Executive Incentive Plan to certain directors and members of staff. The options vest on 1 January 2022, subject to the Company's share value growth and the Company's net asset value growth over the three-year performance period.  The options are contingent on remaining in employment with a company in the Arix Group, and are subject to malus and clawback provisions.

On 30 June 2020, options were granted pursuant to the Executive Incentive Plan to certain directors and members of staff. The options vest on 1 January 2023, subject to the Company's share value growth and the Company's net asset value growth over a three-year performance period.  The options are contingent on remaining in employment with a company in the Arix Group, and are subject to malus and clawback provisions.

Share based payments

The fair value of options granted under the Executive Share Option Plan was calculated using the Black-Scholes model.  The assumptions used in this calculation are unchanged from those disclosed in the 31 December 2020 financial statements.

The charge associated with the 17 May 2018 options have been calculated using a Monte Carlo simulation, incorporating relevant assumptions for share price (209.0p), expected volatility based on similar quoted companies (37%), risk free interest rate (0.93%) and share option term (three years). The resultant fair value is then spread over the three-year relevant vesting period.

The charge associated with the 9 May 2019 options relating to share price growth have been calculated using a Monte Carlo simulation, incorporating relevant assumptions for share price (157.5p), expected volatility based on similar quoted companies (40%), risk free interest rate (0.72%) and time to vesting (two years, eight months) rather than the performance period (three years). The resultant fair value is then spread over the vesting period.  The options relating to net asset value growth have a fair value based upon the share price at grant date (157.5p) and the expected likelihood of vesting (currently considered to be 50%), spread across the vesting period, with a true-up/down as the expected likelihood of vesting changes.

The charge associated with the 30 June 2020 options relating to share price growth have been calculated using a Monte Carlo simulation, incorporating relevant assumptions for share price (86.5p), expected volatility based on the Company's historic share price changes (24%), risk free interest rate (-0.08%) and time to vesting (two years, six months) rather than the performance period (three years). The resultant fair value is then spread over the vesting period.  The options relating to net asset value growth have a fair value based upon the share price at grant date (86.5p) and the expected likelihood of vesting (currently considered to be 50%), spread across the vesting period, with a true-up/down as the expected likelihood of vesting changes

For the six months to 30 June 2021, a share based payment credit of £317k (30 June 2020: credit of £585k) has been recognised.  The credit for the period reflects the confirmation by the Company's Remuneration Committee of the lapsing of awards made to certain Leavers who were participants in the 2018, 2019 and 2020 Executive Incentive Plan Awards.

A credit of £186k was recognised in relation to the 17 May 2018 award.  A credit of £145k was recognised in relation to the 9 May 2019 award.  A charge of £13k was recognised in relation to the 30 June 2020 award.

 

  1. Net Cash From Operating Activities

 

 

Half Year to 30 June 2021
£'000

 

Half Year to 30 June 2020
£'000

(Loss)/profit before income tax

 

(38,460)

 

48,964 

Adjustments for:

 

 

 

 

Change in fair value of investments

 

32,460

 

(42,624)

Foreign exchange (gain) / loss

 

3,046

 

(9,306)

Share-based payment charge

 

(317)

 

(585)

Depreciation and Amortisation

 

118

 

168

Impairment of Assets

 

31

 

8

Finance income

 

(104)

 

(87)

Changes in Working Capital

 

 

 

 

Decrease / (increase) in trade and other receivables

 

(336)

 

(302)

(Decrease) / increase in trade and other payables

 

(47)

 

(802)

Cash used in Operations

 

(3,609)

 

(4,566)

 

  1. Related Party Transactions

During the period, Arix Capital Management Limited, a subsidiary of the Company, received fee income totalling £171k (six months to 30 June 2020: £182k) relating to its management of The Wales Life Sciences Investment Fund LP ("WLSIF"), an entity in which ALS SPV Limited, also a subsidiary of the Company, has an interest.  At 30 June 2021, Arix Capital Management Limited was owed £850k (30 June 2020: £515k) in respect of these fees.

  1. Events After the Reporting Period

On 16 July 2021, Imara, Inc. closed a public offering raising. Arix invested $8.0 million to retain a stake of 9.0%.

On 27 July 2021, Artios completed its Series C financing round. Arix invested $8.7 million to retain a stake of 8.8%.

Statement of Directors' Responsibilities

 

The Directors confirm that to the best of their knowledge these consolidated condensed interim financial statements have been prepared in accordance with UK Adopted International Accounting Standard 34, 'Interim Financial Reporting', and that the interim management report includes a fair review of the information required by Disclosures Guidance and Transparency Rules of the United Kingdom's Financial Conduct Authority, namely:

 

  • An indication of important events that have occurred during the first six months and their impact on the consolidated condensed interim set of financial statements, and a description of the principal risks and uncertainties for the remaining six months of the financial year; and

 

  • Material related-party transactions in the first six months and any material changes in the related-party transactions described in the last annual report.

 

The Directors are responsible for the maintenance and integrity of the Company's website. Legislation in the United Kingdom governing the preparation and dissemination of financial statements may differ from legislation in other jurisdictions.

 

The directors of Arix Bioscience plc are listed in the company's Annual Report for 31 December 2020. The following changes have been made since the annual report date; Mark Breuer stepped down from the board on 1 April 2021; Naseem Amin stepped down from the board on 30 April 2021 and Robert Lyne, Peregrine Moncreiffe, Maureen O'Connell and Isaac Kohlberg joined the board on the same date; Trevor Jones stepped down from the board on 14 June 2021.

 

By order of the Board

 

 

Robert Lyne

Interim Chief Executive Officer

11 August 2021 

 

INDEPENDENT REVIEW REPORT TO Arix Bioscience PLC

 

Introduction

We have been engaged by the Company to review the condensed set of financial statements in the half-yearly financial report for the six months ended 30 June 2021 which comprises the Condensed Consolidated Interim Statement of Financial Position, the Condensed Consolidated Interim Statement of Comprehensive Income, the Condensed Consolidated Interim Statement of Cash Flows, the Condensed Consolidated Interim Statement of Changes in Equity and the explanatory notes to the Condensed Interim Financial Statements.

We have read the other information contained in the half-yearly financial report and considered whether it contains any apparent misstatements or material inconsistencies with the information in the condensed set of financial statements.

 

Directors' responsibilities

The half-yearly financial report is the responsibility of and has been approved by the directors.  The directors are responsible for preparing the half-yearly financial report in accordance with the Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules of the United Kingdom's Financial Conduct Authority.

As disclosed in note 2, the annual financial statements of the group will be prepared in accordance with UK adopted international accounting standards. The condensed set of financial statements included in this interim financial report has been prepared in accordance with UK adopted International Accounting Standard 34, ''Interim Financial Reporting''.

 

Our responsibility

Our responsibility is to express to the Company a conclusion on the condensed set of financial statements in the half-yearly financial report based on our review.

 

Scope of review

We conducted our review in accordance with International Standard on Review Engagements (UK and Ireland) 2410, ''Review of Interim Financial Information Performed by the Independent Auditor of the Entity'', issued by the Financial Reporting Council for use in the United Kingdom.  A review of interim financial information consists of making enquiries, primarily of persons responsible for financial and accounting matters, and applying analytical and other review procedures.  A review is substantially less in scope than an audit conducted in accordance with International Standards on Auditing (UK) and consequently does not enable us to obtain assurance that we would become aware of all significant matters that might be identified in an audit.  Accordingly, we do not express an audit opinion.

 

Conclusion

Based on our review, nothing has come to our attention that causes us to believe that the condensed set of financial statements in the half-yearly financial report for the six months ended 30 June 2021is not prepared, in all material respects, in accordance with UK adopted International Accounting Standard 34 and the Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules of the United Kingdom's Financial Conduct Authority.

 

Use of our report

Our report has been prepared in accordance with the terms of our engagement to assist the Company in meeting its responsibilities in respect of half-yearly financial reporting in accordance with the Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules of the United Kingdom's Financial Conduct Authority and for no other purpose. No person is entitled to rely on this report unless such a person is a person entitled to rely upon this report by virtue of and for the purpose of our terms of engagement or has been expressly authorised to do so by our prior written consent. Save as above, we do not accept responsibility for this report to any other person or for any other purpose and we hereby expressly disclaim any and all such liability.

 

 

BDO LLP

Chartered Accountants

London, United Kingdom

11 August 2021

 

BDO LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales (with registered number OC305127).


[1] Including FX

[2] Additionally, Autolus raised approximately $29.6m of net proceeds under its Open Market Sales Agreement with Jefferies LLC in the first half of 2021



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